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Lesbos: a Greek island in limbo over tourism, refugees – and its future

The island of Lesbos has become a focal point of the refugee crisis in Greece. Its residents have been nominated for a Nobel peace prize for their empathy and assistance but worries persist over long-term effects to its tourist trade<p>In August 2015 the Aeolian Sun travel agency in Mytilene, Lesbos, …

10 weirdest job interview questions

Job interviews are nerve-racking enough.<p>The sweaty handshake, the stuffy attire, the self-promotion and salary talk.<p>And then comes a curve-ball question: "Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?"<p>Hmmm.<p>That's just a taste of the top oddball questions employers fired at …

Employment

Can we trust robots to make moral decisions?

Last week, Microsoft inadvertently revealed the difficulty of creating moral robots. Chatbot Tay, designed to speak like a teenage girl, turned into a Nazi-loving racist after less than 24 hours on Twitter. “Repeat after me, Hitler did nothing wrong,” she said, after interacting with various …

The Future

The Secret Life of Panama City

Panama, which offers up its national flag to international shippers, local addresses to ghost corporations, and an anything-goes banking system to anyone with money, has long been renowned as an accommodating place for business. On a visit to the country in the late nineties, I was shown around by …

Corruption

The next hot job in Silicon Valley is for poets

SAN FRANCISCO -- Until recently, Robyn Ewing was a writer in Hollywood, developing TV scripts and pitching pilots to film studios.<p>Now she’s applying her creative talents toward building the personality of a different type of character — a virtual assistant, animated by artifical intelligence, that …

Artificial Intelligence

How fat cells work and why it’s impossible to “burn” them off

When we think about our weight it’s often tied to how much fat we have in our bodies.<p>But in early 2016, scientists debunked body-mass index (BMI), a calculation of someone’s percentage of body fat based on their height and weight, as a measure (paywall) of overall health. The authors argued that …

Nutrition

A Week Behind The Great Firewall Of China

Living in a world of only Chinese apps–no Google, Facebook, Twitter!–made me appreciate how remarkable the country’s Internet actually is.<p>Last year, the Chinese government made me open a Yahoo account. Well, sort of. I was headed to China for the first time in four years, and I knew I would have a …

Parents cannot tell when their children are lying

Parental love really does blind mothers and fathers to the sins of their children, new research suggests.<p>A study found that parents spot lies told by the offspring just one time in ten, compared with strangers who pick up untruths more than 40 per cent of the time.<p>Researchers at Brock University in …

Stephen Hawking Is Building Thousands Of Tiny Spaceships To Find Intelligent Life

When asked what extraterrestrial intelligent life might look like, Hawking answered, "Judging from the election campaign, definitely not like us."<p>World-famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced Tuesday their newest attempt to find extraterrestrial …

This tech company is giving its employees a half-day vacation so they can sleep-in after 'Game of Thrones'

The Season 6 premiere of "Game of Thrones" airs on April 24 at 2 a.m. in the UK to coincide with the broadcast of the show in the US.<p>Sharing a screenshot on LinkedIn of the company's online employee handbook, +rehabstudio operations director Emma Willis wrote:<p>When your company slips you an extra …

Emma Willis

This writing app will delete your work if you stop typing

Starting to write, whether it’s a novel or a blog post, can be daunting even for experienced authors. The fear of penning thoughts that don’t immediately make sense or stringing together all-but-unreadable sentences, and thus concluding that you’re a failure, is real.<p>That’s where The Most Dangerous …

Apps

vMocion looks to end motion sickness in virtual reality by tricking your brain

When it comes to motion sickness in VR, one bad experience can leave a person with little or no desire to ever try on a headset again.<p>One of the major problems is the mismatch between the visual perception of motion given by the VR headset and the inner ear telling you that you’re standing still. …

Fitbit data led doctors to shock a patient's heart

Doctors made a decision to shock a man's heart back to rhythm based on his Fitbit data, showing that such devices can do far more than just track your exercise. The 42-year old patient arrive at an ER in Camden, New Jersey with an atrial fibrillation (a fast and irregular heartbeat), meaning he …

Can virtual reality relieve pain?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The next time you habitually search your bathroom cabinet for some pain medication, you may want to consider playing a video game first. Research has shown that psychology plays an important part in how we experience both acute and chronic pain -- and that painful sensations can be …

Virtual Reality

У неділю бойовики вже 17 разів порушили «режим тиші» – прес-центр АТО

Від ранку неділі проросійські бойовики на сході України 17 разів порушили режим припинення вогню. Про це заявляю у прес-центрі АТО.<p>«Свою активність …